HealthyChildren.org, the official American Academy of Pediatrics website for parents, is the only parenting website backed by 67,000 pediatricians and includes over 5,000 articles on children's health and safety topics—including an entire section on teen dating and sex.
HealthyChildren.org is available in English and Spanish with an easy toggle between both languages. Whether they're seeking general information about children's health, or specific answers to a pediatric issue, parents can be confident in the information they find on HealthyChildren.org.
Below is a cumulative list of adolescent sexual health materials the pediatrician or pediatric health care provider can distribute to parents and families of patients or share on social media.
- Adolescent Sexuality: Talk the Talk Before They Walk the Walk
- How to talk to your preteen about HPV
- Talking to Your Child About Sex
Talking with Your Teens About Sex: Going Beyond "the Talk"
This fact sheet from the CDC offers practical actions for parents to help strengthen their efforts to engage positively with their teens and to have meaningful discussions with them about sex.
Talking With Your Teen About Sex
AAP Pediatric Patient Education handouts (subscription required)
Confidentiality/ One-on-One Time
For Parents: Adolescent Preventive Care Video
Healthy Teens: Talk with Your Doc
- Infographic: Working Together to Improve Teen Health (Full Version)
- Infographic: The Importance of Confidential Preventive Services
- Infographic: The Benefits of Confidential Health Care
- Office Poster: Speak Your Mind, It’s Healthy
- Office Poster: Confidential care is Good for Their Health
- Contraception Explained: Options for Teens & Adolescents
- When Should Teens Use Emergency Contraception?
General Adolescent Health Topics
Adolescent Health Working Group - Parent Resource Site
These free resources for parents/ caregivers can provide support in facilitating conversations with youth and their providers.
AMAZE takes the awkward out of sex ed. Real info in fun, animated videos that you all the answers young people actually want to know about sex, your body and relationships.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Parent and Guardian Resources
This website consists of resources – specifically for parents- with information and tips to help.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Positive Parenting Site
This website from the CDC includes strategies for positive parenting and includes a variety of fact sheets.
Info Brief for Parents on the Importance of One-on-One Time
This document helps parents understand the importance of their teen’s confidential care and one-on-one time with providers and offers guidance to parents on how they can support their teen’s health.
Monitoring Your Teen's Activities: What Parents and Families Should Know
This fact sheet reflects key findings and recommendations from the book entitled, Parental Monitoring of Adolescents: Current Perspectives for Researchers and Practitioners.
Ways to Influence Your Teen's Sexual Risk Behavior: What Fathers Can Do
This fact sheet provides information and guidance for fathers on how to help their teen avoid sexual risk behaviors.
- Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Teens: Facts for Teens and their Parents
- Health Concerns for Gay and Lesbian Teens
Parents' Influence on the Health of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Teens: What Parents and Families Should Know
This fact sheet provides information on how parents can promote positive health outcomes for their lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB) teen.
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
Signs/symptoms, prevention, and treatment: HealthyChildren.org provides information for parents, patients, and families on STIs, both in general and on specific STIs.
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